Growing a potted herb garden is easier than setting up one outside your house. Herbs on pots can give you an assurance that the plants will grow throughout the year. They are portable and can be easily transferred inside the building during the cold weather.
Another advantage of growing a potted herb garden is that you can easily monitor and control the soil and you can provide better lighting by simply pressing a button. This is much better than waiting for the sun to come out.
At times, growing a potted herb garden can be challenging because these containers do not provide similar moisture and nutrients that the outdoor herb garden can provide. With utmost care though, some herbs may thrive well in pots. Some examples of these plants are mint, sage, lavender, and basil.
A major concern when it comes to growing a potted herb garden us the seeds so make sure that what you are getting is of high quality. Seeds are prone to decay and contamination. Aside from that, the air also plays a crucial factor in damaging the seeds so you need to pay attention to them.
Growing a potted herb garden is ideal indoor or outdoor. Whether the plants are inside or outside, you need to ensure that the plant receives sufficient amount of sunlight. Some herbs grow best when the sun is full. Other herbs can thrive well even in a shady area.
When growing a potted herb garden, you need to properly prepare the soil so that it would have the right amount of moisture. Lavender, for example, likes the sun and requires a dry alkaline soil. Clay chips will keep the moisture in a potted garden. The clay chips will absorb the moisture for a longer period of time. You need to ensure that the soil has a mixture of sand and clay.
In growing a potted herb garden, a common problem you have to contend with is root rot. This results from excessive moisture. Although some herbs may grow even if they are continuously wet, majority of plants like dry soil.
To test whether the soil is moist or dry, simply push your thumb on the soil surface. If it has a springy feeling, then it means the soil is moist. On the other hand, if the surface is dry, this means the soil is dry.
Likewise, you can use a toothpick in determining moisture content. Although the toothpick is good in measuring moisture content, a gauge will provide a more precise reading.
There are many advantages of growing a potted garden. One benefit is that you can use the plants to add flavor to your food. The potted garden should be placed outdoors during summer and bring them indoors during the winter.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 12:23:35.